The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - William and Kate - toured part of riot-torn Birmingham in the West Midlands on Friday. The surprise visit followed one by Prince Harry on Thursday to the Manchester area and a visit on Wednesday by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to some of London’s worst affected parts.
With Kate at his side, William took time off his work as a search and rescue pilot to help comfort the bereaved families of three young men mown down by a car at the height of the riots in Birmingham. They met the families privately, and then talked to local residents at a community centre and thanked police and other services that had helped to quell the violence and looting.
For such a serious public engagement, the couple were soberly dressed - William in a familiar navy suit and Kate once more opting for a navy ensemble. Her outfit - a navy pencil skirt and matching white and navy top - was designed by Sarah Burton, who made her wedding dress.
So far the Queen has not visited the scenes of the riots that shocked the majority of people in the UK. She is on her annual holiday in Balmoral in Scotland. In World War II, her parents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, made a point of touring blitzed streets to show solidarity with their people. By keeping remote, the Queen is leaving the situation in the hands of the Prime Minister of the day, David Cameron, to deal with. When he arrives at Balmoral in early September for the Prime Minister’s annual visit, they will have much to discuss.